Gail Lloyd Beckstead, 73, of Holdrege, Nebraska

A Celebration of Life Service for Gail L. Beckstead will be conducted from the Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bud Gillett officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Gail Lloyd Beckstead, 73 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. Gail was born May 9, 1939 at Omaha, Nebraska, the fourth of five children born to Norris C. and Caroline L. (Seward) Beckstead. He received his education from Bellevue, Nebraska, graduating from Bellevue High School with the class of 1957. He then pursued higher education from Peru State College, graduating with the class of 1961 with his Bachelor's Degree in Education.

On July 1, 1961 he was united in marriage to Terry Louise Young of Bellevue. To this union three children were born: Christy, Jon, and Patrick. The family made their home in Friend, Nebraska, where Gail taught Industrial Arts and participated in coaching early in his teaching career. He then continued his education at Kearney State College and taught in the Pleasanton Public School System for a year. He then returned to Friend for seven years, and at this time Gail started the Wrestling program. The family relocated to Holdrege in 1974, where Gail continued his teaching career, teaching Industrial Education for 27 years in Holdrege. A highlight of his career was also teaching a Special Needs Program. Gail retired when he was 62 years of age in 2001.

Gail was a member of the Pleasant View Christian Church south of Wilcox, Nebraska. Throughout the years; Gail was also an active member of the Volunteer Fire Departments in Friend and Holdrege. He spent many years as an EMS Instructor. Gail loved being involved and attending his children and grandchildren's activities, he also enjoyed the time spent at the Harlan County Reservoir with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister born at rest; and one brother, Dewey Beckstead.

Gail leaves to mourn his passing; his wife, Terry of Holdrege; three children: Christy Nelson and her husband, Kirk of Wilcox, Jon Beckstead and his wife, Sammi of Brainard, Nebraska, and Patrick Beckstead and his wife, Lynne of Kearney, Nebraska; nine grandchildren: Heather Hohlfeld and her husband, Adam, Jenessa Keiser and her husband, Beau, Matthew and Michael Nelson, Taylor, Rachel, and Hannah Beckstead, and Josh and Nick Follmer; one great granddaughter, Ava Hohlfeld; two brothers: Marion Beckstead and his wife, Marge of Bellevue, and Eugene Beckstead and his wife, Sue of Sebastopol, California; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial book signing will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Gail's honor and kindly suggested to the Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department or the Holdrege Public Schools Foundation.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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